While it’s true that women might have more options when it comes to accessorizing, there are plenty of staples that every guy needs in his wardrobe arsenal. Whether you’re trying to jazz up your suit for a formal occasion or just look effortlessly stylish as you head out for a special event, we’ve gathered some of our favorite must-have men accessories for this fall.
Sunglasses are a necessity. They protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and prevent you from getting extra eye wrinkles from all the squinting you’d do without them. On top of all these health benefits, you can instantly add an extra dash of style to any outfit. Accessories that pull double (or triple) duty are fantastic because you know they’re worth the investment. When choosing a pair of sunglasses, keep your face shape in mind. There are several frame options varying in size, shape, and color, so it’s important to try on different styles and see which ones look best on you.
Watches are a timeless statement piece. There’s nothing like a solid, stylish watch. Your outfit instantly becomes more polished, especially when you’re getting dressed up for work or a romantic date. Save the Fitbit for casual days, and put on a real watch when you want more style. You can go classic or modern with leather or metal bands, or step out of your comfort zone and try a men’s rose gold watch. Rose gold is a blend of copper and silver and is all the rage right now. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a “watch guy,” you still need one or two for special occasions at the very least.
It’s said that what a man carries tells a lot about him, and a wallet is a pretty important thing to carry. There are so many styles and materials to choose from that you’re bound to find an option that suits your needs. Bifolds, tri-folds, hipsters, phone wallets, casual, dressy – there’s really an unlimited number of options. Choose an everyday wallet big enough to hold all of your important credit cards, cash, and photo ID, and then invest in a thinner wallet to switch out for trips when you don’t want to overload your pockets. This is one of those items you’ll want to spend a little more money on to receive a higher quality but it’s likely something you’ll be able to keep for many years.
Every guy needs a good baseball hat or two. They’re perfect for casual weekend days when you just want to throw on a hat and head out the door. If you have a favorite sports team, you can definitely show off their logo while you’re out and about. But also consider a plain baseball cap in a neutral color as well to change up your look a bit. The other great thing about hats? They keep your head covered from the sun, protecting your face and scalp from getting sunburned, and lessening your chance of developing skin cancer. Again with the double duty! What’s not to love?
Invest in a few good bags that you’ll use for different purposes. A weekender bag for vacations or overnight business trips is a must. You need to be able to pack your clothes and toiletries in something that will keep everything organized and clean—trash bags aren’t a travel luggage option. For work, a messenger bag is perfect. A sophisticated cross-body bag is great for freeing up your hands if you bike to work or need to juggle two cups of coffee. If your office is a bit more formal, opt for a modern, sleek briefcase. You’ll definitely be taken seriously when you walk into a meeting with a polished leather briefcase, and you’ll rest easy knowing all your important papers won’t get crumpled up.
As the weather gets cooler it’s time to amp up your style game. From a hat to keep you warm to a bag that can hold all your sweaters, taking the time to invest in these great accessories will signal that you’re ready for the new season.